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Blog spotlight: Mandatory H1N1 flu vaccination causes controversy

Nurse Leader Insider, October 12, 2009

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The first doses of the H1N1 vaccination have officially arrived in the United States and a nurse was one of the first to receive the vaccine. Holly Smith is a pediatric nurse at Le Bonheur Children?s Medical Center, in Memphis, TN, and mother of two children. Smith reported that she chose to be vaccinated for the sake of her kids, as well as for the children she works with.

As vaccines are shipped around the country, many hospitals, university health systems, and even some states are requiring that all healthcare workers receive the H1N1 flu vaccine, or either spend the flu season wearing a mask or risk losing their job.

ABC News reports that many healthcare workers have protested policies that make the vaccines mandatory; citing reasons such as fear the safety trials of the vaccine were rushed.

Does your facility require staff members to be vaccinated for both seasonal flu and H1N1? Do you think states and hospitals have the right to require the shots? Is your facility taking preventative measures if getting vaccinated is not mandatory?

Click here to read more on H1N1 flu vaccination controversy. Just click the comments link and let your voice be heard.



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